NCDOT is working to provide long-term solutions for the two breaches caused by Hurricane Irene in August 2011 along N.C. 12 on the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge and in Rodanthe. This work is considered Phase II of the Bonner Bridge Replacement Project.
Latest News and Updates
N.C. 12 Update 10/10/13
- Pea Island Bridge
The Federal Highway Administration has signed the final environmental document, called the Record of Decision, allowing the project to move to the construction phase. NCDOT is now advertising the project. Interested contractors can bid on the work required to build a permanent bridge where the temporary bridge now stands on Pea Island. NCDOT will award the contract in early December. Construction on the new bridge can begin as early as Jan. 6, 2014, pending receipt of the remaining federal and state permits for which NCDOT has already applied.
- Rodanthe Bridge
NCDOT expects the Federal Highway Administration to sign the Environmental Assessment for the bridge project by the end of October. The document will analyze the different alternatives for the project and their impacts. The department plans to hold public meetings by the end of the year.
- Currently, no recent news releases.
Project Background and Purpose
The process to implement long-term solutions for the two breaches on N.C. 12 is a continuation of work already under way as part of the Bonner Bridge Replacement Project.
Phase one of the project involves replacing the 2.7-mile bridge over Oregon Inlet, which is currently in the design stage. The project also includes an active coastal monitoring program that uses scientific data to determine what types of improvements are needed on N.C. 12 between Oregon Inlet and Rodanthe and when that work will occur.
Using this program, NCDOT is enacting phase two of the project, which will implement long-term solutions for the parts of N.C. 12 damaged by Hurricane Irene. These long-term fixes will replace the temporary fixes put in place immediately after the storm hit to restore traffic to the Outer Banks.
NCDOT met with a panel of coastal engineers and scientists in October 2011 to get their input on the department's future plans for N.C. 12. NCDOT has compiled a report of the key findings and recommendations provided about topics, which include:
- Changes in the coastal conditions resulting from Hurricane Irene;
- Potential long-term transportation options for the two breach sites; and
- Recommendations on future coastal studies for the northern end of Hatteras Island.
The department is using their input to help guide its decision-making process, regarding N.C. 12.
NCDOT met with citizens in Manteo, Rodanthe and Ocracoke in December 2011 and January 2012 to discuss possible design options for these long-term solutions.
The department continues to work diligently with its state and federal agency partners on the environmental work required to implement the permanent solutions at the two breach sites.
- On Pea Island, NCDOT is moving forward with its preferred alternative, building a permanent bridge within the existing easement where the temporary bridge is currently located. The department plans to award a contract for construction at the Pea Island breach in Summer 2013.
- In Rodanthe, the department is considering two options. The first one includes elevating N.C. 12 onto a bridge within the existing easement, which would end just north of the community center and not require beach nourishment. The second option is constructing an approximately 2.5-mile bridge that would extend into the Pamlico Sound and connect back to Rodanthe just north of the community center. NCDOT plans to award a contract for construction at the Rodanthe breach in Fall 2013.
Record of Decision for NC 12- Pea Island Long-Term Improvements (Project B-2500A), October 2013.
Public Comments on the February 2013 B-2500A EA.
General public comments:
E-mails and written comments received in response to a Defenders of Wildlife request of its members:
North Carolina Conservation Network petition:
E-mails and written comments received in response to a Citizens Action Committee to Replace the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge request of its members and friends
Environmental Assessment for Pea Island Long-Term Improvements (Project B-2500A), February 2013:
The EA refers to previous environmental documents that were completed for the Bonner Bridge Replacement Project, including the 2008 Final Environmental Impact Statement, 2010 Environmental Assessment and 2010 Record of Decision. Those documents can be found in the Archives section of the Bonner Bridge Replacement Project webpage.
Supporting Technical Reports to the EA:
Public Hearing Maps for Pea Island Long-term Improvements (Project B-2500A), March 2013:
These images show the damage to N.C. 12 from Hurricane Irene and the work crews have done to temporarily fix the breaches.
Before & After Photos
Place your mouse over the image below to see the contrast of each breach site before and after NCDOT made temporary repairs.
These videos highlight the work NCDOT did to restore traffic to the Outer Banks quickly after Hurricane Irene. The temporary fixes the department put in place after the storm hit helped reinstate the areaâ€™s economic lifeline.
Click on the thumbnail images to view each video.
Beth Smyre, P.E.
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